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Little Happy Corners // Creative Learning Corner

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Our basement serves as more of a family room than any other space in our home.  The built in bookshelves/desk is down there, the TV, Gav’s playroom and so on.  I’ve enjoyed transforming the space from wide open and empty, to sectioned off and purposeful.  Once I had divided the basement up, I was left with this spare corner.  That’s when Gav’s (and eventually Ro’s too) creative corner was born! His Ikea table and chairs was probably the best $20 bucks I’ve ever spent there!  It’s the same one that you see in all of the awesome hack DIYs on Pinterest.  The Hanging cups and organizer are also Ikea purchases.  The rest is pretty much all thrift and yard sale finds. A lot of fun, child/boyish art and plenty of supplies.  The Angry Bird tin holds a plethora of stickers and the posters are from Scholastic book orders from Gav’s preschool. I love this little arts and learning center and eventually it can evolve as the boys get older and need more of a homework station. XO, Kelly

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DIY Peg Person Keychain

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Peg people are so fun!  There are so many handmade shops that make incredible custom orders and popular characters.  They are also great for little hands to play with but this is a different sort of project.  It’s no surprise that I love my boys and I love to have something on my just about all the time that represents them.  I have pictures on my phone, they are my lock screen, and my favorite is my bracelet that has both of their names on it.  Then, one day, this idea popped in my head and I had to go for it! What You’ll Need: Unfinished Wooden Peg Figure, Screw Eye, Paint, Sealant (i.e. Modge Podge, etc.), Super Glue, Key Ring Start by screwing in the screw eye (found mine in the hardware section of Walmart) into the top of the peg figure and take it back out. Paint your figure any way you like.  You can be as detailed or simple as your artistic abilities allow.  Since I wanted one for Gav and one for Ro, I opted to tape off half of the peg and paint one boy on each side.  Once it’s dry, paint or spray on…

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Little Happy Corners // DIY Pantry

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When we moved into our home over two years ago, we loved everything about it.  It’s our first house!  Awesome space, room to grow, MUCH bigger kitchen than either of our apartments, and a good amount of front and back yard.  There was, however, one small detail that was missing.  There was no pantry.  Plenty of cabinet space, yes.  Actually pantry, nope.  It was an odd thing to be missing but it really wasn’t that big of a deal.  Until we decided that it was and we needed more room.  This probably had a lot to do with us starting to shop at Costco. So we measured out the small space on the end of our support wall where the kitchen cabinets and the living room wall meet and made a plan to make a pantry.  Here she is! We found this cabinet piece from Target.  It’s meant for the bathroom but it fit the dimensions to a tee! The glass jars are from Hobby Lobby.  (If you’re going to be doing this, be sure to wait for glass decor to be half off!) The drawer works perfect for keeping all of Ro’s stuff. Other details: Plate – Kohl’s Cookie…

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DIY Summer Wreath

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About a month ago I shared on my personal FB that we had some unexpected guests show up at our front door.  And I mean that literally.   A mama robin decided that behind our little wreath was a great place to make a nest.  She then proceed to fill it, and I mean FILL IT, with eggs. After a bit of research, we found out that these birds typically only lay, at most, 3 eggs which means that the other two are likely from another bird laying their eggs in said nest.  Great, so we have TWO really stupid birds that think a wreath hanging on a highly trafficked door is a great place to nest.  But even though this was a bit of an inconvenience, and not so great for my mom since birds are her number one fear, we were kind of excited to get to witness this nature show up close and personal.  The nest was so intricate and nothing short of amazing.  You could even see bits of twine and grass woven in it!  Sadly, this doesn’t have a happy ending. Since the mama couldn’t stay on the nest for long enough periods of time,…

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Little Happy Corners // Main Gallery Wall

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These new gallery walls of ours are just my favorite!  I’m so happy that, on a whim one day, I just decided to take everything off our walls and completely redo it.  I could seriously sit down in our basement and stare at them for a hot minute, I’m just saying. I’ve repurposed some of the old frames, acquired some preloved ones from my parents, spray painted my little tail off, and made a couple new pieces that I love. But of course, more than just how it looks, is what it holds.  This is our family wall, our memories.  These frames will hold different stages of our lives through the years to come and it fills my heart to bursting! XO, Kelly

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Ready, Set, Craft Challenge // Paper

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time a new season comes up, I have a list of things I’d like to do.  For example, when fall rolls around, it’s pumpkin patches and apple picking and for spring it’s usually plant flowers and fly kites. (HERE is a printable spring bucket list!)  Then, for some reason or another, I never really get around to doing those things, like apple picking.  I’ve literally never done that! So I wanted a way to sort of hold myself accountable and actually cross those things of my list. So for this month’s challenge, which was paper, I came up with a way to display our seasonal bucket list and keep track of all the things we’d like to do.  It’s also a great way to involve little ones in planning fun activities. What You’ll Need: Cardstock, Construction Paper, Laminating Sheets (heat or self sealing), Velcro, Magnet Sheet Sketch out a bucket on the cardstock and outline it with black marker.  I just drew some straight lines, and oval, and a handle.  Then cut out some squares from the construction paper for the season names. I choose two colors per season just for fun but you could also cut out strips for…

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Little Happy Corners // Mini Gallery Wall

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I’ve been working for about a month now on getting my gallery wall just the way I want it.  When we moved in we had one but I decided that it was too much hodge podge, too many colors, and totally not what I wanted anymore.  So I took everything down, patched up all the wholes and started to plan out the new wall. I started by picking a color palette, white/neutrals, mint/aqua, and gold.  Then I began collecting frames slowly and the majority of them are old ones my parents weren’t using anymore.  If some of them didn’t fit in with the color scheme, I spray painted them.  I went through quite a bit of white spray paint.  Then it came time to hang and after getting a lot up, I still had a bit left over.  But it just wasn’t going look good completely filling out the wall.  The wall had a nice symmetry going on so we decided to take the rest to an adjacent wall and create a mini gallery dedicated to two of my favorite things in the world, my boys! So here it is, the brother wall! Next up will be the main gallery…

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Little Happy Corners // The Coffee Bar

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I’m super excited to share a new project I’ve come up with called, you guessed it, “Little Happy Corners”!  It’s my version of a home tour.  We’ve been in our house now for 2+ years and I’m finally getting around to making the each space less hodge podge and more cohesive.  I get so excited when I finally finish a space but I never share it because the whole room isn’t completed.  To remedy this, I’ll be sharing my home with you in pieces! The first space up is my coffee bar.  This little space has been a work in progress since Christmas 2013.  That’s when my hubby built the grid that hangs above the small white book shelf.  It finally came together last week, even though I’ve shared it a few times on my Instagram here and there.  The final piece that brought it all together was the fabulous “Rise & Shine” wooden sign that hangs at the top! Have a space that you love, a space that you’ve been working on, or just a space that you’ve created that makes you uber happy?  Share it and use the hashtag #littlehappycorners! A few details: Bookshelf – Target Baskets/”Rise &…

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Ten Little Things #122

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1. Painting is my new fave 2. Gav’s dino eggs hatched 3. Got my new business cards! 4. Free kids meal toy when we didn’t even buy a kids meal! 5. Gav asking if he and Ro could be twins 6. Movie Tavern with my mom (complete with delicious sweet potato fries!) 7. Great Spring Break filled with great memories 8. My grandfather moved to GA! 9. Gav got his big boy bike that he has been saving up for 10. Great afternoon full of family time by the lake What brought YOU joy this past week? XO, Kelly

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Ready, Set, Craft Challenge // Fabric Dye

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So I was all set and ready to go with this challenge.  I got to pick the item this month, I got a project in my head…and then I went for it.  MAJOR FAIL!  It’s that utter disappointment only an avid DIYer can feel when the project that looked so good in your head turns out looking like a hot hot mess.  So there had to be a plan B.  Well let’s just say that I am so excited with how this turned out that I’m not even upset (ok maybe still a little upset) that the first one didn’t turn out.  Turns out there was a plan C too and I’ll share that in another post! What You’ll Need: Four Mini Canvases, Tie Dye, Large Container, Towel, Paint Pen (optional) Fill your container with water and dump the entire bottle of powder in it.  Try to make the solution pretty saturated with color by having less water for the pigment to dissolve into but still enough to dunk in the canvases.  Start dipping the canvases one at a time into the dye.  When you pull them out, let the color run over the canvas in different ways to create…

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